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The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life

Starling, David I. and Murphy, Edwina (2016) The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life. Morling Press / Wipf & Stock, Sydney / Eugene, OR. 418pp. ISBN 9780992275594

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    Abstract

    Among the many books on gender that have been published within evangelical circles in recent years, the vast majority presuppose and perpetuate a state of affairs in which the complementarian/egalitarian schema functions not only as a distinction but also as a divide: the published books, in almost all cases, either advocate for one view against the other, or bring together proponents of the two main alternative views to debate the issue, trading arguments back and forth. Occasionally we hear calls for a better conversation between evangelical egalitarians and complementarians, but the increasingly tribal nature of contemporary evangelicalism’s institutions means that conferences and publications reflecting this sort of conversation are still few and far between. Nevertheless, the discussions and debates continue with some vigour, online and in the flesh, and books on the subject continue to engage the interest of readers.

    The Gender Conversation aims to offer something that is (sadly!) rare in all this flurry of publishing, debate, and discussion: a book that arises out of a genuine, affectionate, and mutually respectful face-to-face conversation between contributors who know one another and work together in the service of the gospel. The book had its genesis in conversations among the faculty of Morling College and reflects the ethos of an institution whose faculty and student body are composed of men and women who share an evangelical understanding of the gospel but differ on its implications for how we view issues of gender. Its chapters began as papers delivered at a day conference held at Morling in September 2015, which brought together Morling faculty members and other fellow-evangelicals within our circles of contact, to discuss issues of gender, theology, and Christian living. We encouraged the contributors to engage critically with each other’s ideas, but to interact with each other in a genuine conversation—aimed at deepening mutual understanding and respect, highlighting common ground, clarifying points of difference, and learning from one another—not merely a debate in which each party aims to score points at the expense of the other.

    Item Type: Books / Monographs
    Repository Version: Proofs
    Keywords (separated by commas): Gender, Scripture, Evangelicalism
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    C - Church History
    D - Ethics / Moral Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
    Depositing User: Dr David Starling
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 14:36
    Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 14:36
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1998

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